Gen Bajwa, Imran inquire about Kulsoom’s health

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa on Wednesday made a telephone call to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inquire about Kulsoom Nawaz’s health, after she was diagnosed with throat cancer.

The army chief expressed his best wishes and prayers for the health of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan also expressed his best wishes for the former premier’s wife. “I wish her the best as she fights this disease and pray she wins her battle against cancer,” he said on Twitter.

The former first lady was diagnosed with the disease in London, where she went for medical tests last week. Doctors, however, said the type of cancer Kulsoom is suffering from is treatable, saying she will undergo treatment soon for a speedy recovery.

Kulsoom, the sources added, will not be part of the campaign to contest elections in NA-120 constituency, the seat which fell vacant following Nawaz’s dismissal.

Insiders said Maryam Nawaz will lead the campaign, adding that Kulsoom may also join the drive in the last week prior to the polls.

A five-member Supreme Court bench on July 28 disqualified Nawaz from the PM’s office for failing to declare a salary, which he had not withdrawn as an executive of Dubai-based company, as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013.